What is an encoder?
An encoder is a software platform that selects medical codes based on a set of terminology. A tree-like system organizes the terminology. Diagnoses and their codes branch from general to more specific areas. Healthcare providers should use codebooks together with encoder software for guidance when classifying diseases.
Why are encoders important to healthcare?
Encoders are important to healthcare because they help improve efficiency and accuracy for medical coders. Encoders are also helpful in getting the proper amount of reimbursement for healthcare organizations. Lastly, encoders can assess Patient Safety Indicators, which identify avoidable safety events.